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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 26, 2014 4:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Pet' eras,years, or tours that are somewhat overlooked

Hmm, I think any resemblance to 'Little Martha' is vague & coincidental. Phil's solos mainly remind me of other Phil solos! There are a few little themes he liked to repeat in '72-73.

Beautiful song-like jam at the end, which I couldn't place. Quite frequently in '72, Dark Star or the Other One will end with a "happy" chordal jam that sounds familiar & composed, but I'm not sure any of them actually are. I think the band just had a technique where one or two players would suggest a basic chordal outline, and the others could fill in.
They almost do it again in the 8/22 Other One - at 24:50 after the Tiger, Keith, Weir & Lesh start a nice little pattern, but Garcia just ignores them and it quickly drifts away without being developed.

You might not be wrong in suggesting an Allmans influence, though; I felt that strongly in the 7/25 Other One jam.

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Jan 29, 2014 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Pet' eras,years, or tours that are somewhat overlooked

Thanks for checking out that 8/20/72 TOO-- it certainly helps to get as many ears as possible to try and figure out some of these interesting little one-off jams. In fact, it would be nice to have some sort of repository for such one-off, or rarely revisited, jams, although the parameters for choosing which jams to include could prove difficult to delineate. But, for example, while your typical PITB from, let's say, '72-'73 won't be likely to feature such a jam (instead, those Playin' jams are just that, 'Playin' jams'), the Dark Star from 2/24/74 does feature a unique and relatively structured jam right at its conclusion that would merit inclusion. (I'll try to throw the time in a little later.)

Thanks for pointing out that jam near the end of the 8/22/72 TOO; in fact, just before it fizzles out I hear Weir strumming Feelin' Groovy, not the Feelin' Groovy jam so much as the actual tune, albeit slightly odd sounding.